More than 80 people turned out at the Badlands Community Facility on Sunday for the 2018 Jayman Built MS Walk.
"I don't think it could have gone better," stated walk organizer Tammy Norris of the MS Society of Canada, Central Alberta chapter. "We were up by at least ten walkers this year, possibly more, and it was a beautiful day. My volunteers are absolutely exceptional; I certainly could not do any of this without them."
The final statistics show 81 walkers, up from 61 in 2017. The money raised as of Sunday was about $13,000, but fundraising will continue until the end of July, with a goal of $33,000.
"Sixty per cent of funds raised go to research and 40 go to programs and services in Drumheller and the surrounding area," reported Norris. "We have programs for people living with MS and services for people living with MS, things like getting air conditioning in their house."
"Very many people who come out do have MS or there's a close connection, so it's really a heart warming, sometimes emotional walk," noted Norris. "It's not just a walk in the park, it's an actual event, it's a celebration, it's a time to come together and be with each other, make new friends and meet old ones."
Someone from the Red Deer office will be in Drumheller in coming weeks to collect pledges. If you would like to make a donation in the meantime, follow this link.